I’ll Review Anything: Ozawa (Philippine Gravure Photobook)

It’s amazing how popular Maria Ozawa is in the Philippines for a couple of reasons. One, Maria Ozawa is a JAV actress in Japan. That means she’s a porn actress based in Japan. Two, any form of pornography is flat-out illegal in the Philippines. So, how is it possible for a Japanese porn star way in Japan to get a loyal following here in the Philippines where porn is officially outlawed?

Well, regardless of the logistics, Maria Ozawa caused quite a stir when it was discovered she was actually in the country a while back. FHM Philippines managed to snag her for a photoshoot for their June issue. She was also a huge hit during their annual 100 Sexiest Women event. She also filmed a movie here that is due to be released in December. And, to kind of close it all out, Summit Media (the local publishers of FHM) got her to do a gravure-style photobook!

Aren't strawberries out of season?

Aren’t strawberries out of season?

Like most adult males in the Philippines who had access to the Internet during her time as an AV actress, I knew who Maria Ozawa was and I know she was incredibly hot. I mean, I was one of the people that was, well, giddy when news came she was in the country. And, like most adult males in the Philippines who had access to the Internet during her time as an AV actress, I have never owned an official/legit anything with her in it! So, when I saw it at my local magazine store, I didn’t think twice and I purchased Ozawa, her (possibly) first gravure-style photobook released here.

Ozawa is divided into three kinds of photoshoots. The first “section”, Me Time, has Maria Ozawa lounging around in everyday clothing and is supposed to feature her relaxing, I guess? Generally, it’s pictures of her lounging around in a hotel room and doing some sensual poses. The photos here are actually really nice and sexy… which is the entire point of getting Ozawa, right?

Biting on your glasses is terrible for your teeth.

Biting on your glasses is terrible for your teeth.

The pictures don’t get all nasty and such; I would say they’re rather tastefully done yet still very sexy looking. These are the pictures that really show that, even though she has gotten older since her debut in 2005, Maria Ozawa is still pretty hot. She still looks pretty good, in my opinion. Of course, I’m not deluding myself that she looks exactly like the pictures here; I know there’s some Photoshopping going on. But, hey, she’s still incredibly pretty! Me Time is a pretty good start to the book

The second section, Press Start, is supposed to be Maria Ozawa attracting the geek crowd, apparently. Her photos in this section is definitely not as sexual as the previous section as it’s a whole lot more playful. I guess they were going for a “manic pixie dream girl” vibe for it.

If you look closely, you can see it's a reproduction Famicom.

If you look closely, you can see it’s a reproduction Famicom.

Unfortunately, Press Start doesn’t really do it for me. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because I don’t see Maria Ozawa as the geeky type (even though I know she plays video games). Maybe it’s because it’s like they were trying to make her look all kawaii and cute. Whatever the case, this section of photos wasn’t all that great. The pictures were okay but definitely overshadowed by how good the pictures found in Me Time.

The last section of Ozawa is named Private Tension, which is for the S&M lovers out there. This has Maria Ozawa donning skimpy leather outfits as well as collars, leaches, handcuffs, whips and other fetish gear. Since it was the final set of photos, I was hoping Ozawa would end in a bang (that’s what she said).

Police are required to handcuff suspects behind their back as, if they are cuffed in front, the handcuffs can be used as weapons.

Police must cuff suspects behind their back as the handcuffs may be used as weapons otherwise.

This could’ve been the most exciting section of Ozawa… if not for one major issue: all the pictures are in black and white! They were probably going all artsy and “dangerous” by publishing all the photo in this way. But for a gravure photobook? Big mistake! It looks terrible! You could see the photos struggling to be good but the lack of color just holds them back… which is pretty ironic considering this is the bondage section of Ozawa.

However, despite the final section being a bust and the middle section being just okay, I still liked Ozawa, the gravure book. Maybe I enjoyed it because of the feeling of nostalgia I get from leafing through the pages. Or maybe it’s because it shows that the 29-year old former AV actress has still got it. Whatever the reason, I liked the entire thing. Sure, it was rather underwhelming but, as a fan of Maria Ozawa, I can’t deny the fact that it’s good to finally hold something she’s officially done in my hands.

With that being said, I can’t really recommend Ozawa to non-fans of the actress. Her fans (and there are lots of them!) will definitely love to get their hands on Ozawa… the gravure book, I mean.

Have you looked through Ozawa? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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